Poetry Archived

Swimming Lessons – Contest Winner

by Beverly Magovern Lyon Would it have made a difference if I had arrived in a later season, say, spring 1945 or fall of ‘53? Would my mother have learned to float by then, confident and tan? Suppose my...

The Night Room

by Larry Pike I have been in this room before, one like it, one of a thousand, a million— past the gift shop, the snack bar, x-ray, PT, round and around the maze of wings, 2 East, 3 West, halfway down a ...

My EKG

by Larry Pike Of course it’s precautionary, probably will be discontinued once the echo results are back, but being handed the nitro scrip jolts the pulse, stimulates sharp, darting pains, which would s...

Pain Birds VII

by Ashley Warren Sun-browned skin, bottle sweating freedom beads, colors colors laughing birds. Got the news—“she has Parkinson’s…” Ask a travelling doctor, “what’s worse—that or Alzheimer’s?” THAT, etc....

Skin Check

by Megan McGinley Simpson At 0830, the salty, old sailor creaks as he eases into the exam chair. His gnarled knees crack, knotted knuckles clutch his driftwood cane. Under the scrolling gold of U.S.S. Ari...

The Drunkard Tries to Fight

by Ken Poyner Hands that could palm a basketball. A chest you could smash rock against. Arms thick as bridge cables. Legs Like the trees grandfather remembers As bigger in his youth then ever They could...

The Body

by Victoria Korth I miss being able to touch strangers without strict permission, ask them to cough, turn over, take a deep breath, press the liver’s rim with sensing fingers, feel warmth above kidney an...

Pain Birds V

by Ashley Warren I hold her by the elbow, her small feet shuffling, angst and fear all over her. She grips my hand tight and I see her fingers have turned a new shade of purple. Her fingernails are sti...

Orange

by Victoria Korth So crimped skin over a breast lump looks to the poet in me, wood-burning done by an eleven year old in a heated basement playroom, tattooed orange peel, acid in the eye. We learn to desc...

New Terms

by Tom Donolon informal lump detection, lumpectomy pseudolumps, calcifications dense breasts, nipple discharge inverted nipples, aspirate chronic subareolar abscess intraductal papilloma atypical lobul...